Stress is a natural part of life, and there is both good and bad stress. Normally, when we think of stress, we think of the bad type of stress. Which is to be expected. Whether we are dealing with stress that comes along with parenting or because of finances or any other reason; stress happens. That’s why I want to offer 4 tips for dealing with stress.
Stress is a part of everyone’s life and as with work, family, health, and social obligations people often lose track of order and become overwhelmed. Defined as a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances, people can suffer from stress in varying degrees.
People deal with stress in numerous ways- some good and some bad.
4 Practical Tips for Dealing with Stress
As you prepare for times of additional commitment it is important to prepare and plan ahead. Literally, a person can prepare their calendar and clearly mark due-dates and time commitments but it is also important to mentally prepare.
Becoming aware of upcoming scheduled events and projects will allow you to manage time and not over commit yourself. It’s also important to be flexible because the body doesn’t often have time to fully recover from shock during stressful periods of exhaustion.
According to the Mayo clinic, the body releases hormones to cope with stressful situations and the body can suffer serious adverse effects with prolonged periods of stress.
Focus on the Positive
When life becomes overwhelming and you begin to struggle to maintain order it is important to break up tasks and focus on what you have already accomplished, or can accomplish quickly.
One method of successful stress management is to make a list of priorities and order it in several different ways.
It can be helpful to organize tasks by due-dates, required time or materials, or pleasure. Stress can become overwhelming and depressing when the list feels unconquerable. Positive thinking and self-encouragement are important tools for success that act as fuel to restart work efforts when fatigue sets on and reordering tasks can make them less frightening or concrete.
You can also try keeping a gratitude journal.
Ask for Help
Social support is highly important for mental health and socializing can allow for rest and relaxation during overwhelming times. With a strong social network you can also ask for help and delegate tasks to other people. Visiting a psychologist or mental health physician can release stress and help balance stressors and obligations.
A 2011 study from the American Psychological Association found that despite perceptions about the role of psychology in living healthier life styles only 6% of Americans sought the help of a mental professional to help them manage high levels of stress in their lives. Talking about issues and the emotional strain that accompanies them can be a healthy release and source of encouragement.
When deadlines arrive and the workload seems overwhelming, one of the most important things to do is to sit down and begin working. With procrastination and worry comes wasted time and often lends itself to falling farther behind.
Quick work and intense spells of focus do not have to create poor workmanship for the sake of completed tasks with the balance of detail-oriented care and time consideration.
Planning fun activities and regulated breaks can encourage work time to happen more efficiently and faster as an incentive program towards breaks. However, it’s important to not allow breaks to overturn work time and making small-scale schedules for work time can encourage more efficiency.
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How do you deal with stress?